Parts of the Mid North Coast looked like snowfields after a heavy hail storm swept through the region. The storm hit Corindi's blueberry industry the hardest, causing millions in damage. Severe thunderstorms along the Mid North Coast on Thursday caused isolated damage from Foster through to Grafton. North of Coffs Harbour in Corindi, the blueberry fields were battered by the hail.
Floods have damaged crops worth around Tk 500 crore on 87795 hectares of land in Kurigram and Bogra districts. Our Kurigram correspondent, quoting deputy director (DD) of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) in the district, reports that floods have damaged crops worth around Tk four crores in the district.
Yesterday the growers started to inventory the damage done by the hail last Sunday night. 60 companies have now reported their damage to hail damage insurer OFH. All the reports are from top fruit growers and there may be a few more companies today who decide to report light hail damage to the OFH. The damage from hail manifests itself when the flesh of the fruit has been hit or a few days later through brown colourations and cork formation. This is why we are still waiting to start up appraisal work."
Cotopaxi in Ecuador continues to rumble after its first eruption in 70 years earlier this month. Over the last week, the volcano has been emitting almost constant steam-and-ash plumes punctuated by small explosions—all signs that magma is rising into the volcano. The steam-and-ash plumes have mostly been 1-2 kilometers in height and rangers in the National Park surrounding the volcano have reported a few millimeters of fine ash fall.
In Belgium the apple area is around 7000 hectares and over 9000 for pears. Around 60% of this is in the province Limburg. The share of 600 hectares is therefore 5 to 6%. Luc indicated that this situation is not comparable to the damage during the 'Pukkelpop storm' in 2011. Back then a large area was damaged at once, but this time it is very local. Producers are at their wits ends. Some were insured, some weren't. That makes it very tough. Of course it's awful what has happened, but we also have to be realistic and conclude that some growers don't opt for insurance or protection through hail nets.
Even as the tomato farmers are reeling under huge loss due to the steep fall in prices, the cultivators are worried about the prospects of damage to their crop due to pinworm attack. Experts from a number of agricultural and horticultural farming agencies have found that pinworm, a fruit borer, is attacking the tomato crop in Kolar and Chickballapur districts where it is cultivated on a large scale.
The extent of the losses and damage caused by a hailstorm that hit Rincon de Ademuz on Saturday afternoon is still being assessed. After removing the mud that covered the city, clearing the streets and making transit possible, all concerns are now focused on the fields. The Unió de Llauradors i Ramaders (Growers and Ranchers Association) estimates that 1,380 hectares have been affected and that crop damage could exceed 800,000 Euro.
A Mexican mango exporter says rain damage will likely affect crops this year but new orchards will help offset the reduction in volume. While the season is still in its early stages, the effects have already been seen in the southern zones. In some states in the south there have been problems with production, such as in Campeche, Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Recent hailstorms and high winds in this area have caused questions about the options farmers have for crop management during the rest of the growing season. Hail decreases yields by reducing stands as well as destroying leaves. The yield loss severity depends on the crop’s growth stage. Corn has an advantage over soybeans early in the season when hailed since corn’s growing point remains below ground until about the sixth-leaf stage. Young plants at this stage are not killed if only leaf or stem tissue is lost.
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